Trikkur 5 – 200NL at Full Tilt Poker

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The goal of the Trikkur 5 video was to discuss how to analyze your opponent’s hand range and narrow it down to just a few possibilities. I didn’t get into all the specifics yet, but this is a good introduction for lower stakes players that are just trying to grasp the concept. I also cover a very important skill for everyone as they move up in limits – table selection. Picking the correct tables and opponents is a learned skill and it can make your sessions more profitable while decreasing the stress and variance of playing.

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Interesting Hands

45:05 with – I really hate how I ended up playing this hand. I’m in the Big Blind with AQo and a semi-fishy Small Blind limps into me. I make the raise and get limp/reraised, which is really weird. This is usually complete garbage and the person is just tilted that you raised them up in a blind vs blind situation, but it can randomly be a big hand. I decided to make the call, but I think that 4-bet shoving is clearly better. The flop comes and my opponent open shoves $71 into a $38 pot. It’s very difficult to make this call because it is so much, but I still have 2 overcards vs. my opponent’s completely random range. This is why I think I should have just made the 4-bet shove preflop. It would be very rare for the villain to have me dominated by QQ+ or AK, so I’m usually coin flipping at worst, but I’m ahead of his range at least half the time. It is also a better play because it allows me to remain the aggressor and forces him to make the call with a possibly dominated hand.

47:40 with – Even though this hand worked out for me in the end, my play is a bit loose. I make a standard raise to $7 UTG+1 and the SB 3-bets me to $26. I decide to make the call, but I do so knowing that I’m looking for a set or a nice flop that I can float my opponent’s continuation bet and steal the pot on the turn. I like to make this play while in position with mid-pairs like 77-99 every so often, but this 3-bet might have been too large this time. The flop is actually a good one if I want to float – . My plan kind of falls apart when my opponent makes a gigantic continuation bet of $42 into the $51 pot however. I was really hoping for a $25-35 bet in order to float, but I decide to go for it anyway because I think the large bet indicates a non-Ace hand. I make the call knowing that I’m going to bet almost any turn that my opponent checks to me on. The Turn comes an and my plan works out when my opponents checks to me. I make the bet and he folds, allowing me to scoop the $135 in the middle.

Key Concepts

  • Hand Ranges
  • Table Selection
  • Note Taking

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